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Jour De Fete [VHS]

Jacques Tati , Guy Decomble , Jacques Tati    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jacques Tati, Guy Decomble, Paul Frankeur, Santa Relli, Maine Vallée
  • Directors: Jacques Tati
  • Writers: Jacques Tati, Henri Marquet, René Wheeler
  • Producers: André Paulvé, Fred Orain, Michel Chauvin, Pierre Tati
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: French
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 4 Front
  • VHS Release Date: 13 Jan 1997
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R6UK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,348 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of Jacques Tati's most famous comedies, and his directorial debut. After observing the high-speed efficiency of the American postal serivice, the postman (Tati) of a sleepy French town is inspired to add a little zip into his own delivery route. This coincides with the arrival of the summer fair, and chaos ensues.

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, gentle and very funny 20 Feb 2005
Format:DVD
Tati's first feature has been overshadowed by the marvellous films that followed it, (particularly "M. Hulot's holiday") but this little masterpiece deserves to be seen. The pace is slow and the action mostly lugubrious but it is worth giving yourself time for the little details to work their magic. The droll story links a series of priceless set pieces that had me crying with laughter. How can a drunken postman making his way home on a bicycle be so funny? This is visual humour that is both refined and brilliantly funny and there is something wonderfully uplifting and humane in the tone of the film. As so often with Tati, the children seem much more socially adroit than the adults but all the characters are vivid and convincing. Tati beautifully captures a rural French postwar past that was fast disappearing even as he made the film. Hilarious, but much more than just funny.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware, genius at work 1 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A precursor of Monsieur Hulot, with the same gentle humour and from a time when most of Britain and America thought that Abbot and Costello films were comic masterpieces. The postman has appeared several times but, after more than fifty years is still funny and even broad farce (riding off a bridge)has an extra something thanks to Tati. There is, of course, the recurring problem with things mechanical, in this case a bicycle and, again, Tati inhabits his own little world where he moves at a different pace, oblivious to the chaos he causes but, you are never left in any doubt as to which is better world. This is not a film solely for those who like France. It is, instead, an introduction to the art of a timeless genius.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best... 14 Feb 2005
By Yovra
Format:DVD
Compared to the brilliant Les Vacances de M. Hulot this film is somewhat uneven; the film occasionally slows down to almost a complete stop. The story is told in a few lines: fuelled by a spectacular movie about mail-distribution in America he's seen on a travelling fair, the postman (Tati) decides to modernize his way of delivering his cards and letters.
The gags are classic slapstick (think Chaplin and Keaton). The colour-version only heightens the rural, easy-going atmosphere.
If you want to go on holiday to the French provence for just about 90 minutes; this is the way!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good debut by Tati 22 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
Tati's first feature film (he has made some shorts before) from 1949 is about an inept bicycle riding postman (Tati himself, of course) trying to adopt more efficient ways of delivering mail in a quaint French rural village, after watching a documentary of the American postal system. One must say first that the gags here are not as good or as funny as in Tati's later films (especially Mr. Hulot's Holiday and Mon Oncle). Still, this is worth seeing, especially in its color version (Tati was disappointed with its primitive color system, so he finally decided to release the film on black and white; the color version of the film was restored and released to the public many years later, after Tati's death). What is more striking of the movie when one sees it now is to look, even in a color that leaves much to be desired, at a rural France that no longer exists.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously funny French farce 2 July 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
The adventures of a postman in a sleepy little French village who tries to speed up his deliveries after watching an American training movie. Even funnier than M Hulot's Holiday, in my opinion, and a perfect example of the very best visual humour - innocent, breathtakingly original and beautifully timed. I've loved it for years, and now my five year old son thinks it's really cool! This film might persuade him that Europe has more to offer than just the language.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The second funiest film ever! 26 Feb 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This has to be the second funiest film ever, behind Mr Hulots Holiday! Has many classic moments. In particular the lamp post scene! Good music too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars jacquea tati 1 July 2009
Format:DVD
Jacques Tati's first outing although filmed in black & white film stock, a second colour camera was used as well, this in 1949. The result excellent. Story line a bit repetitive with frantic scenes of how to operate a US postal system in a sleepy French village.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a good as the others...but enjoyable 16 Jun 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have the other more popular Jacques Tati films, so thought I'd buy this to add to the collection.
I must admit, I watched it amongst chaos, with kids running in and out, so it didnt get my full attention....
However, although I feel the film isnt quite as good as the others, I still found it enjoyable to watch, and quite humerous as you would expect. As with all of these films, you do need to watch everything and everyone!
If you are a Jacques Tati fan, make sure you get round to buying this for your collection too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacques Tati
Arrived quickly and within the time given. Great Jacques Tati film - bought as a present and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Published 16 days ago by Clare Round
5.0 out of 5 stars Tati at his best
I remember watching this film late night many moons ago , when I was working nightshift,at break time may I add . I never knew its name , but did find it extremely funny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JohnH
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his later films!
Having purchased, and enjoyed multiple times, both 'Les Vacances' and 'Mon Oncle' I purchased 'Jour de Fete' and 'Traffic' to make up my collection of Tati films. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. J. Willis
4.0 out of 5 stars mime master
allways been a fan of Jacques tati for as long as i can recall just trying to collect my favourite ones on dvd now and this is one of them. masterpiece.
Published 8 months ago by roseanne
5.0 out of 5 stars jour de fete
as afan of tati ,his humour needs no words,just watch,several times,allways you see something new.the innocence of his character,always comes to the fore
Published 11 months ago by martin
5.0 out of 5 stars How to run a mail service
This is a Jacques Tati masterpiece. Yes it is getting elderly but its portrayal of human frailties is till relevant today.
Published 16 months ago by R. J. Hedley
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Disc
Very good story. But I got a poor disc. It only played once Then wouldn't start. I need a replacement.
Published 20 months ago by zebra
5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend revisited
This DVD represented a welcome reunion with an old friend, Jacque Tati, and one his best creations. His sense of humour, self-irony and general good-humour, as displayed in this... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by peterpan
5.0 out of 5 stars Tati revisited
For anyone who has recently seen the animated film "The Illusionist" and who is interested to see more of the genius who thought up this film, although he never completed it, I... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by Dave D
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply great film!!!
It is a classic with memorable characters, images and those innocent days of early 50's. The village is in France but could have been anywhere in the world. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by SageM
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